Collaboration cafe opens in Ginza featuring famous picture book author Leo Lionni’s “Swimmy” and “Frederick” in food form!
08.March.2019 | FOOD
Leo Lionni was a children’s picture book illustrator and author whose famous works include “Swimmy” and “Frederick”. His works were so popular that they even appear in textbooks! The Leo Lionni concept cafe will open at Sunday Brunch Marronnier Gate, Ginza from Wednesday 3rd April to Wednesday 31st July 2019.
This will be the first ever Lionni cafe collaboration in the world. As a result of the cafe’s successful collaborations with “Shaun the Sheep” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” in the past, Sunday Brunch cafe has been referred to as the “delicious collaboration cafe”.
There will be 13 new items on the collaboration menu. A portion of the menu has been announced so today let’s take a sneak peek together!
Frederick no Iroatsume ¥1,580
The first part of the menu to be announced includes 6 items! The Frederick-themed dish features the main character Frederick bathing in a nice warm pool of bright and colourful light. Frederick is made from an assortment of grained rice that comes from blended black rice. This is coated with parmesan cheese. The bright, warm light is made from bacon and onion carbonara sauce that is mixed with tomato purée. Three colourful dollops of beetroot, matcha and pumpkin cream finish the dish.
Swimmy Plate ¥2,600
The “Swimmy Plate” features a single black fish that is the eye of another larger fish to represent the meaning of “swimming with everyone”. The larger fish is a bread that you can tear and enjoy with the salad. Cream cheese, Ginza honey, tomato sauce and tuna rillettes are hidden under the fish bread.
Cornelius no Shippo ¥1,780
Leo Lionni Kid’s Plate ¥1,000 (comes with a drink)
You can also order a curry featuring Cornelius hanging from a tree by his tail. The Kid’s plate includes a tuna tomato sauce pasta topped with a Swimmy cookie and a muffin decorated with Fredrick’s face.
Nee Frederick, nani shiteruno? ¥1,250 (comes with a drink)
Aruite detekita Cornelius ¥1,200 (comes with a drink)
Of course there’s a dessert menu! How about a cheesecake topped with white chocolate ganache and sprinkled with seasonal berries and multiple Fredericks?! There is also a matcha and chocolate gateau chocolat featuring Cornelius! Not only are these desserts cute, but a lot of care and attention has been put into creating the flavours for these dishes.
We are expecting that the rest of the menu will be announced very soon. Who will be the next characters to be turned into tasty dishes? We hope you’re just as excited as we are! The official collaboration website has also been opened so you can find out more information about the cafe and book seats!
This collaboration cafe is bound to get busy so make sure to check the website out first before heading out!
Leo Lionni Concept Cafe
Open: Wednesday 3rd April 2019 ー Wednesday 31st July 2019
Opening hours: 11:00 ー 21:00（Food last orders: 20:00/Drinks: 20：30） until 17:00
Location: Sunday Brunch Marronnier Gate, Ginza 1 (4th floor)
2-2-14, Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Official website: http://leolionnicafe.com/
Harajuku’s Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe Entertains Customers With Projection Mapping
“HARAJUKU AR BOX -table projection mapping cafe-,” a cafe in Harajuku whose name speaks for itself, has announced its second collaboration with Rilakkuma to bring the new Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe which will open for a limited time from April 3, 2020 to June 28, 2020.
The cafe’s first collaboration with Rilakkuma was in December last year. It was called “Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror” and earned itself many fans for its cute food and decor, but especially for its interactive tables which used projection mapping technology to have Rilakkuma and friends running around people’s tables.
Harajuku’s Korilakkuma Cafe: another me in the mirror | Food Review: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/284456
Fruit is the theme of the new Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe, which follows that Chairoikoguma and the other characters have gathered lots of nutritious fruit to fill up the belly of hungry Rilakkuma.
Rilakkuma’s Fruit Salad – ¥1,590
Get your fill of refreshing fruit from this fruit salad plate which has Rilakkuma poking his cute face out from behind it all. When you order this dish, you’ll need to touch the fruits that appear on the table to give them to Rilakkuma.
Korilakkuma’s Apple Cheese Gratin – ¥1,690
A combination of hot apple and melted cheese, you’ll find yourself addicted to the sweet and sour mix of flavours. Pick lots of apples with Rilakkuma and company with the projection mapping game. (*Serving April 3, 2020 – May 17, 2020 only)
Chairoikoguma’s Orange Burger – ¥1,690
The bun of this hearty burger is branded with Chairokoguma’s cute bear face. But what happens when you squeeze Rilakkuma’s orange? (*Serving May 20, 2020 – June 28, 2020 only)
Rilakkuma’s Maku Maku Fruit Tree Parfait – ¥1,590
Korilakkuma’s Maku Maku Strawberry Tree Parfait – ¥1,590 (Serving April 3, 2020 – May 17, 2020 only)
Kiiroitori’s Maku Maku Peach Tree Parfait – ¥1,590 (Serving May 20, 2020 – June 28, 2020 only)
For dessert, you have a selection of fruit-topped parfaits to choose from featuring Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma, and Kiiroitori.
Rilakkuma & Friends Maku Maku Drinks – ¥790 / With Glass – ¥1,990
Warm & Fluffy With Everyone Cafe Latte – ¥890
Pick between one of the cold beverages, or if it’s a cold day, warm up with a hot drink. Feel warm and fluffy like Rilakkuma and his friends with a warm beverage after your parfait.
Exclusive Merchandise & Bonus Items
Pin Badges (9 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥400
Acrylic Key Rings (8 Designs/Chosen Randomly) – ¥500
Get your hands on a selection of original merchandise too, including pin badges, acrylic key rings, and more.
Stickers (4 Designs/Chosen Randomly)
Coasters (4 Designs/Chosen Randomly)
Book a table online in advance and receive one of four possible stickers. Order a drink at the cafe and get one of the four coasters!
You’re sure to get your five-a-day when you dine at the Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe, opening for spring on April 3, 2020 in Harajuku.
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Rilakkuma Fruits Cafe
Running: April 3, 2020 – June 28, 2020
Location: HARAJUKU AR BOX-table projection mapping cafe- (Lucessimo Bldg. Floor 2F, 4-28-28 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Table Bookings: Now Open
*Table Projection Mapping seats for two people are ¥2,960 (before Tax)
Official Website: https://rilakkuma-fruits-cafe.jp/
Pompompurin Celebrates 24th Anniversary With Birthday Menu at the Pompompurin Cafe
Sanrio’s popular character Pompompurin is celebrating his 24th anniversary at three branches of the Pompompurin Cafe in Harajuku, Yokohama, and Umeda with a special birthday menu that will be served for the whole month of April.
A special celebratory menu for the floppy-eared golden retriever
The official date for Pompompurin’s birthday is April 16. The birthday menu line-up includes two food items, a drink made in collaboration with popular Japanese picture book author Yukako Ohde, and some novelty gifts.
Happy Birthday Flower Bouquet Bisque – ¥1,590 (Before Tax)
This cute bisque soup has Pompompurin and Muffin holding a colourful boquet made from broccoli and mashed potatoes made to look like roses. It has a rich but mild flavour, and is both adorable and filling.
Happy Birthday Strawberry Mousse – ¥790 (Before Tax)
The strawberry mousse has a fluffy texture and refreshing, sweet taste. It can be eaten as it is or drizzled with the accompanying raspberry sauce.
Yukako Ohde x Pompompurin Lemonade – ¥550 (Before Tax)
Take a sip from this delicious lemonade from a straw adorned with a cute, warm illustration of Pompompurin by Yukako Ohde.
Exclusive Anniversary Novelty Gifts
Lunch Mat Design
Customers who dine at any of the three cafes during the anniversary celebration will receive a free lunch mat.
And those who order the lemonade will receive a coaster with designs illustrated by Yukako Ohde. The designs are different at each branch of the Pompompurin Cafe. You can also receive another special coaster if you spend over ¥1,000 each (tax included) at Pompompurin Cafe Umeda and KIDDY LAND Osaka Umeda. Simply show your receipts at the cafe.
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■Pompompurin Cafe Harajuku
Address: CUTE CUBE HARAJUKU 3F, 1-7-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 (Food Last Orders 20:00 / Drinks Last Orders 20:30)
Access: 3-minutes on foot from the Takeshita Exit at Harajuku Station
■Pompompurin Cafe Yokohama
Address: Yokohama Sotetsu Square, 2-1-5 Minamisaiwai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi
Opening Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
Access: 5-minutes on foot from West Exit at Yokohama Station via JR Line
■Pompompurin Cafe Umeda
Address: Hankyu Sanbangai South Wing B2F, 1-1-3 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30) / Weekends & Holidays 10:00-22:00 (Last Orders 21:30)
Access: 3-minutes from Osaka Station via JR Line
Official Website: http://pompom.createrestaurants.com
TSUTAYA BOOKS Reveals Store-Exclusive QLOCKTWO CLASSIC Design
05.March.2020 | FASHION
The Ginza branch of TSUTAYA BOOKS has revealed that it will sell an exclusive shooting star design of the QLOCKTWO CLASSIC CREATOR’S EDITION.
The design was conceived in collaboration with GINZA TSUTAYA BOOKS, fusing together Japanese culture and art. The entire clock face is specially made using Japanese urushi lacquer and makes use of the maki-e Japanese lacquering technique where the lacquer is sprinkled with gold or silver powder for decoration. Only 12 of these models will be sold worldwide, making them a very limited-edition and exclusive item.
GINZA TSUTAYA BOOKS’s Exclusive “Ryusei” Shooting Star Model
Two strong golden strokes shoot across the jet black design, both of which are made using a combination of 24k gold and a special 22.7k gold that’s mixed with silver. This not only makes the thick lines powerful, but adds a touch of delicateness too. However, the focus of this design is the background lacquering. The two-coloured golden straight lines enhance the darkness of the lacquer to give the background a jet-black appearance. Emerging majestically from the gold and black contrastーwhich was created by the artisans of the Japan Traditional Crafts Exhibitionーare letters which form the time in word format. This combination of modern European art and Japanese craftsmanship is the culmination of beauty.
The standout characteristic of the QLOCKTWO CREATOR’S EDITION series is the craftsmanship. Yamada Heiando is a lacquerware shop founded in 1919 that purveys its products to the Japanese Imperial Household. The artisans of this shop tackled the difficult challenge of performing lacquering on large surfaces. The design of the new QLOCKTWO shooting star model is a traditional one even within the lacquerware of Yamada Heiando. The model realises that very challenge, producing wonderful craftsmanship on a large surface.
QLOCKTWO makes use of a ground-breaking time display system that originates in Germany which makes use of words in lieu of clock hands or numbers. As shown in the picture, the display is shown in typography, reading “IT IS HALF PAST SEVEN.”
QLOCKTWO has received high praise amongst clock and watch enthusiasts in Europe, winning over 20 international design awards including the Red Dot Design Award, the iF Product Design Award, and the ADC Europe Gold Award. The product adds an elegant and modern touch to one’s lifestyle. They are displayed around the world: one was set up at Paris’s famous boutique Colette, which closed recently, as well as the world’s oldest department store Bon Marche, and is part of the Parisan “elegant and modern lifestyle.”
QLOCKTWO CLASSIC CREATOR’S EDITION Ryusei
Stock: 12 (Available only at GINZA TSUTAYA BOOKS)
Release Date: February 24, 2020
Price: ¥328,000 (Before Tax) *Includes clock and front cover
GINZA TSUTAYA BOOKS
Address: GINZA SIX Floor 6F, 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:30
Fruit Parlour is the Theme Of Kichijouji’s New ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ Cafe
04.March.2020 | FOOD
A cafe themed on Eric Carle’s internationally beloved children’s picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cafe is set to open at Sunday Branch in Kichijoji PARCO in Tokyo on April 1, 2020 where it’s set to run for an entire year, ending on March 31, 2021. Today, we finally get a look at the cafe’s menu line-up.
The picture book has seen its fair share of themed cafes, with the first having taken place in Ginza back in 2018, which was so popular that customers had to book a month in advance to dine there. The cafe was always fully booked.
The concept for the new cafe opening in Tokyo’s Kichijouji district is “Fruit Parlour.” Look forward to munching your way through an assortment of fruit-filled sandwiches, pudding
à la mode, and moreーall of which are packed full of The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s favourite fruits.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Fruit Curry (*Price TBA)
Very Hungry Plate (*Price TBA)
Meals on the menu are inspired by the fruits the caterpillar ate each dayーwhich have been recreated using rice! The fruit curry is made with lots of apple, mango, and tomato. It’s a pork curry that has a fruity flavour and a subtle sweetness. If you don’t like spicy curries, then this dish is the one for you.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Kid’s Plate (w/Drink) (*Price TBA)
The menu is also packed with food for kids, like this kid’s plate which comes with a chicken and broccoli tomato pasta, mini pancakes, and a side of fruit. There’s also baby food, like a thin rice porridge made with soft rice and vegetables.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Fruit Sandwich (*Price TBA)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Cheesecake (*Price TBA)
Of course, this tasty menu wouldn’t be complete without a long list of drinks and desserts. There’s the adorable fruit sandwich which recreates the caterpillar’s body, and a New York-style cheesecake topped with artistic cookies made with vegetables and spicesーand all with natural colourings.
This is just a small teaser of what’s to come at The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cafe in Kichijouji; they have promised there will be even more. Their website will go live on March 18, but you can follow them at their social media with the links below.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cafe in Kichijoji
Running: April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021 (subject to change)
Location: Sunday Brunch, Kichijoji PARCO Floor 4F (1-5-1 Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino, Tokyo)
Official Website: Live from March 18, 2020
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/harapecocafe20
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/harapecocafe2020/
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/harapecocafe2020/
CHANEL Ginza’s Rooftop Space to Welcome Gorgeous Terrace Café LE JARDIN DE TWEED
02.March.2020 | FOOD
The rooftop terrace space of the CHANEL Ginza building is set welcome LE JARDIN DE TWEED this March which is collaborating with champagne producer Perrier-Jouët.
LE JARDIN DE TWEED will open for a limited time this March where it will run until late October. As the name of the chic café suggests, the space takes on a tweed design with trimmed plants housed throughout. They will serve finger food from BEIGE ALAIN DUCASSE TOKYO as well as afternoon tea and more.
For drinks, there is of course exquisite Perrier-Jouët champagne, as well as a selection of special original cocktails. Their detox non-alcoholic cocktails are special recommendations for refreshing the mind and body.
Afternoon Tea – ¥4,800 (With Tea or Coffee) / With Perrier-Jouët – ¥6,000 (1 glass serving) Serving: 14:00-16:00
The items adoring the afternoon tea set will change with each passing season. Enjoy with a glass of Perrier-Jouët, tea, coffee, or one of the available soft drinks.
What could be more indulging than sitting atop CHANEL in Tokyo’s high-end Ginza district while tucking into a tasty afternoon tea with a glass of champagne?
LE JARDIN DE TWEED
Running: March 2020 – Late October 2020 (Subject to change)
Opening Hours: 14:00-22:00 (Last Orders: Food 20:30/Drinks 21:30)
BEIGE ALAIN DUCASSE TOKYO
Address: CHANEL GINZA Bldg. Floor 10F, 3-5-3 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
<Lunch> 11:30-16:00 (Last Orders 14:00)
<Dinner> 18:00-23:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
Closed: Mondays/Tuesdays/Summer Season/New Year Holidays
Official Website: http://www.beige-tokyo.com/en/
BT21 Cafe to Open in Tokyo and Osaka With a Spring Theme
The 6th run of the popular BT21 Cafe is here. The cafes will open at TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo Solamachi on February 28, 2020, and at TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando and UMEDA BOX cafe&space on March 5, 2020.
BT21 are the LINE messenger app characters created by K-pop group BTS. The cafe has seen five runs in Japan, and has proven immensely popular amongst fans for the selection of original dishes and drinks as well as exclusive merchandise.
TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando & UMEDA BOX cafe&space
Kobu Salad & Baguettes – ¥1,690
Chef’s Crepe – ¥1,690
Drinks – ¥990 Each
“Springtime” is the theme this time around. TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando and UMEDA BOX cafe&space will be based around a spring party, and customers will be able to order a set menu with food or dessert.
TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo Solamachi
SHOOKY’s Brown Burger — ¥1,690
TATA’s Very! Berry! Sandwich – ¥1,690
Drinks – ¥990 Each
TOKYO BOX cafe&space Solamachi’s menu will be centred on the BT21 Baby Series, where all the characters have been turned into babies.
TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando & UMEDA BOX cafe&space – “Let’s Party With You” Original Stickers and Coasters
TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo Solamachi – “BABY” Original Stickers and Coasters
Customers can also get their hands on some original merchandise and bonus items too. Book a table and receive one of seven stickers, and order a drink to receive one of seven coasters.
TOKYO BOX cafe&space Omotesando (6-3-7 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo) / Running: March 5, 2020 – March 29, 2020
TOKYO BOX cafe&space Tokyo Solamachi (Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi Floor 1F East Yard, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo) / Running: February 28, 2020 – March 23, 2020
UMEDA BOX cafe&space (16-7 Chayamachi, Kita Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture) / Running: March 5, 2020 – April 19, 2020
Reservtions: ¥650 (Before Tax)
BT21 Cafe Official Website: https://box-cafe.jp/
Hanami in Japan 2020: Bite-Size Sushi Hanami Bento Lunch Box Releasing in Ginza
SHARI and SHARI THE TOKYO SUSHI BAR in Ginza, as well as CRAFT in Ariake, are releasing the perfect accompaniment to your hanami flower-viewing experience in Japan this spring: the “Hanami Roll Sushi Bento” lunch box, which consists of 36 bite-size sushi pieces made up of 12 different kinds of sushi. It will be available February 18 to April 30.
Hanami Roll Sushi Bento (36 Pieces/Serves 3-4): ¥4,500 (Tax Included)
As soon as your take the lid off this colourful assortment of rolled sushi, you’ll find yourself reaching for your camera to snap a photo for Instagram. Each piece is 3cm in diameter and so is deliciously bite-sized. The line-up includes four new kinds of sushi rolls conceived for this release which use seasonal spring ingredients, like sakuradai cherry blossom sea bream, sakura ebi, rape blossoms, fuki giant butterbur, green beans, and moreーas well as eight other types of sushi that are popular classics at each of the three restaurants.
From the four new rolls, we have the sakura ebi shrimp roll, which is served with a gorgeous cherry blossom colour. It’s made with shibazuke pickles and vinegared rice, which gives it its colour, and contains, rape blossoms, okra, Chinese yam, and egg. The rape blossoms add a springtime bitterness to the sweetness of the sakura ebi, creating a wonderful combination of flavours.
Beef Butterbur Miso Roll
Then there’s the sakuradai roll is wrapped with vinegared tobiko flying fish roe, okra, and cucumber, which is topped with sashimi-style sakuradai cherry blossom seam bream and salty cherry blossom leaves. The spring vegetable and tempura roll has shrimp and green bean tempura mixed with yuzu kosho paste; and finally, the beef butterbur miso roll, which contains beef rib seasoned in a sukiyaki style, finished with sesame seeds, and seasoned with butterbur miso.
The eight popular classics include the wagyu roll sushi seasoned with luxurious truffle oil, Italian roll, duck roll, salmon roll, spider roll (soft shell crab), and more. All of these varied picks go great with wine or champagne.
Hanami Roll Sushi Bento (9 Pieces): ¥1,200 (Tax Included)
The “Hanami Roll Sushi Bento” comes in various sizes. As well as the 36 pieces of 12 sushi types, there’s also 18 pieces of 9 types (serves 1-2), and the 9 pieces of 9 types (serves 1).
Reservations are available until 15:00 the previous day. Order yours for your Hanami cherry blossom flower-viewing this year in Japan.
Hanami Roll Sushi Bento
SHARI (TEL: 050-5357-5354) (Address: Mitsui Garden Hotel Ginza Gochome Floor 2F, 5-13-15 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo)
SHARI THE TOKYO SUSHI BAR (TEL: 050-5212-7574) (Address: ALBORE GINZA Floor 8F, 2-4-18 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo)
CRAFT (TEL: 050-5357-5353) (Address: CRAFT Floor 2F, 3-7-2 Ariake, Koto Ward, Kyoto)
36 Pieces/12 Types (Serves 3-4 People): ¥4,500
18 Pieces/9 Types (Serves 1-2 People): ¥2,400
9 Pieces/9 Types (Serves 1 Person): ¥1,200
Reservations can be made via telephone or in-store until 15:00 the previous day.
*Reservation Window: Telephone 10:00-20:00 / In-Store 12:00-22:30
*Depending on the ingredient stock, reservations may be made on the same day
*The Hanami Roll Sushi Bento is for takeaway only and cannot be eaten in the restaurant
Detective Conan Cafes to Open to Promote the Release of ‘The Scarlet Bullet ‘ Anime Movie
To celebrate the release of the upcoming Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet movie on April 17, 2020, twelve official themed cafes will roll out in nine cities across Japan from March 25 in Tokyo, Osaka, Hokkaido, Saitama, Chiba, Nagoya, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, and Okinawa.
*Menu item names have been translated from Japanese
APTX4869 Beef Curry (Apoptoxin Curry) – ¥1,490
Young Detective’s Exciting Children’s Plate – ¥1,690
Ai Haibara’s Healthy Sweets Basket – ¥1,690
Conan’s Voice-Changing Butterfly Necktie Cream Soda – ¥890
An incredible line-up of 100 items will feature on the menu, from food to drinks, all inspired by the characters and actual dishes that appear in the franchise. The theme of the cafe is “A Home Party at Hiroshi Agasa’s House”ーhim being of course the next door neighbour of the titular protagonist.
Acrylic Badges (8 Designs/Randomly Chosen) – ¥520
Mugs – ¥1,800
Jump into the world of Detective Conan and uncover every secret of Detective Conan Cafe 2020.
©Gosho Aoyama/Shogakukan・Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation・TMS 1996
Detective Conan Cafe 2020
・Tokyo (Shibuya) @ SHIBUYA BOX cafe&space (Shibuya LOFT Floor 2F) / March 25, 2020 – June 30, 2020
・Tokyo (Oshiage) @ TOKYO BOX cafe&space (Tokyo Solamachi) / March 28, 2020 – June 30 2020
・Tokyo (Ikebukuro) @ THE GUEST cafe&diner Ikebukuro (Ikebukuro PARCO Floor 7F) / April 3, 2020 – May 31, 2020
・Chiba (Chiba) @ Character Cafe SOGO Chiba (JUNNU Building Floor 1F) / March 28, 2020 – June 30 2020
・Saitama (Koshigaya) @ BOX cafe&space (Aeon Laketown kaze Laketown Gate Floor 1F) / April 2, 2020 – June 30, 2020
・Aichi (Nagoya) @ THE GUEST cafe&diner Nagoya (Nagoya PARCO West Building Floor 8F) / April 2, 2020 – May 31, 2020
・Osaka (Abeno) @ Abeno contact (Abeno Q’s Mall Floor 4F) / March 25, 2020 – June 21, 2020
・Osaka (Umeda) @ BAR DESOLE (Osaka Station City Floor 5F) / March 27, 2020 – June 30, 2020
・Hiroshima (Hiroshima) @ TRATTORIA CACCiNU (SOGO Hiroshima Main Building Floor 10F) / March 31, 2020 – June 30, 2020
・Hokkaido (Sapporo) @ Coach & Four Shinkawa-Dori Cafe Interlude / April 4, 2020 – June 30, 2020
・Okinawa (Naha) @ OKINAWA BOX cafe&space (Naha OPA Floor 2F) / April 4, 2020 – June 30, 2020
Cafe Official Website: https://conan-cafe.jp/
Tokyo’s GINZA SIX Reveals Colourful Spring Dessert Line-Up
GINZA SIXーthe largest shopping complex in Ginzaーhas unveiled some of the incredible desserts arriving for this spring only.
Ginza is famous for its host of restaurants which serve up gorgeously gourmet food throughout the four seasons, and so you can expect GINZA SIX’s line-up to be something special. Let’s take a look.
Strawberry Sweet Afternoon Tea – ¥4,200 (Before Tax) @ THE GRAND GINZA
“Shun’un” pecial Make Maruto Parfait – ¥2,300 (Before Tax) @ Nakamura Tokichi Honten Ginza
Strawberry Mix Candy – ¥593 (Before Tax) @ Candy Art Museum by PAPABUBBLE
The line-up of delectable treats at GINZA SIX won’t just satisfy your sweet tooth, but your eyes too due to their delightful appearanceーlike the strawberry and roses littered afternoon tea, or the strawberry candy which is made using only the best available strawberries. The shops and restaurants at GINZA SIX have ensured to prepare sweets that will bring spring to mind Japanese springtime and the pink cherry blossoms.
Matcha Ganache – ¥1,800 (Before Tax) @ Tsujiri
Matcha & Tamba Azuki Bean Cake – ¥2,600 (Before Tax) @ Marlowe
Kurozu Vinegar Raw Chocolate – ¥1,500 (Before Tax) @ Shoubunsu Vinegar Brewery
Other tantalising treats include more Japanese-tasting selections, like cookies injected with a rich matcha ganache, raw chocolate doused with kurozu vinegar, gluten-free pound cake made with freshly-made Uji matcha, and more.
Of course, since this is a spring line-up, there are flowery fusions to find too, like candy topped with edible flowers and rose flavoured frozen fruit bars.
Rose & Raspberry – ¥520 (Before Tax) @ PALETAS
Spring Edible Flower Lollipops – ¥555 (Before Tax) @ Candy Art Museum by PAPABUBBLE
Aya Farm Saku Mango Selection – ¥3,800 (Before Tax) @ Aya Farm
If you’re in Tokyo for spring, the cherry blossoms and hanami, then be sure to stop by GINZA SIX to indulge yourself this season.
Address: 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Shops/Cafes (B2F-5F) 10:30-20:30 / Restaurants (6F, 13F) 11:00-23:00
*Business hours differ from shop to shop.
No Fixed Holidays (But shops and restaurants will be closed on January 1, 2020)
Access: Directly connected to Ginza Station via the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line and Hibiya Line.
Official Website: http://ginza6.tokyo/
Gorgeous Bridge Ready To Embrace A New Shopping Complex Under Its 100-Year-Old Arches This Year
10.February.2020 | SPOT
JR East Urban Development Corporation’s new project for a new shopping complex to be built under an old bridge is underway. The old viaduct bridge, which stretches around 300m from Yūrakuchō station to Shimbashi station, has a history of 100 years. Its beautiful old brick arches will soon be home to HIBIYA OKUROJI, which is set to be completed by the end of June this year.
The project will utilise the spaces under the arches of the bridge that have supported the railway tracks for the Tōkaidō Main Line and Tōkaidō Shinkansen high-speed railway for many years. Located in the depths of Hibiya, the bridge will soon be home to a new neighbourhood full of culture. Once complete, HIBIYA OKUROJI is sure to attract even more people to nearby neighbourhoods such as Ginza, Yūrakuchō and Shimbashi.
Aiming to create a little “town” with its own culture, the shops to reside at HIBIYA OKUROJI will be full of originality, creating a wonderfully interactive environment. There will be 16 shops and 28 restaurants. Some restaurants to look out for include Nagoya’s eel restaurant Unafuji, which is known for its long queues, and COOK BARN TOKYO, which makes dishes with ingredients sourced from Ibaraki. The shopping complex will also be home to a number of Japanese fashion brands including the handmade necktie shop KUSKA & THE TANGO from Tango, Kyoto, ivy league fashion brand VAN SHOP, trainers brand Panther, and outdoor wear brand finetrack.
The name HIBIYA OKUROJI comes from the words “oku” (inside), which refers to its location away from the centre of Hibiya and Ginza, and “roji” which means “alley”, which signifies its hidden location under the bridge’s arches. The two words combined form the word “OKUROJI” to entice adventure-seekers to come discover the unique secrets hidden in the new area. The name surely has a ring of excitement to it and of course, the 100-year history of the characteristic bridge is even more of a mood-setter.
If you’re looking for an exciting and unique adventure of discovery to satisfy the curious traveller in you, the new HIBIYA OKUROJI shopping complex is a sure way to provide a fully satisfying day trip.
To open around the end of June, 2020
Address: 1-7-1- Uchisaiwaichō, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Ginza is a district in Tokyo that lures in all the young people. From its high-brand fashion trends to its stylish top-tier cafés and restaurants, the minute the weekend arrives, Ginza is a tourism hotspot flourishing with young people looking for a good time.
When planning a day out shopping with friends in Ginza, for many of us the day’s events revolve around where to go for lunch. Luckily, Instagram expert omao, whose city café and restaurant expertise is on a whole new level, has stepped in to help by sharing six stylish cafés in Ginza with us.
Ricotta Pancakes: ¥2,000 (Before Tax)
Bills is famous for their pancakes. Check out this luxurious stack of three thick ricotta cheese pancakes. Indulge in the flavour of ricotta cheese and the slightly salty butter, which softens the sweetness. Pour on the maple syrup to unlock a whole new level of deliciousness. It may be crowded on the weekends, but weekday mornings are a good time to go to ensure you get a spot.
Opening Hours: 8:30-23:00
No Fixed Holidays
Address: Okura House 12F, 2-6-12, Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
THE CITY BAKERY
Cinnamon Roll: ¥320 (Before Tax) , Other Items Unknown
city bakery is a café and bakery with its main branch located in New York. It is so popular that in Tokyo alone you can find a city bakery in Nakameguro, Shinagawa, Kichijōji and three more locations. As the name suggests, their specialty is bread but they also make amazing hamburgers, soups, salads and alcoholic drinks. The best part is that you can sit in the café and enjoy freshly baked bread still hot from the oven.
▼THE CITY BAKERY
Opening Hours: 7:30-22:00
No Fixed Holidays
Address: B2F, Tokyu Plaza, 5-2-1, Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Official Website: https://thecitybakery.jp
Ginza Ginger’s main store is located in Ginza but there is also a branch at Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi. Having said that, the calm and exquisite atmosphere at the Ginza branch definitely makes it the winner of the two. Although shaved ice is usually only seen around Japan in summer, Ginza Ginger serves it throughout the year. They sell seasonal shaved ice flavours too which is highly recommended. If you’re looking for a souvenir, don’t forget to pick up their souvenir sweets which are made from ginger.
▼Ginza Ginger (Ginza main store)
No Fixed Holidays
Address: Quartier Blanc GINZA, 1F2F, 1,4,3, Ginza, Shibuya, Tokyo
Ginza West has been around for a long time and is dedicated to delivering the best flavours by using natural ingredients and avoiding artificial colours and flavours. Pure white tablecloths are spread over the tables and chairs, creating a bright mood perfect for enjoying a dessert to yourself. Their popular “leaf pie” biscuits are the perfect souvenir for that friend who couldn’t come.
Weekdays: 9:00-22:00 (Shop Closes: 23:00)
Weekends and National Holidays: 11:00-20:00
No Fixed Holidays
Address: 7-3-6, Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Official Website: https://www.ginza-west.co.jp
Cafe Paulista, Ginza Main Branch
Cafe Paulista is said to be the place of origin for the slang word “Ginbura” which is a combination of the words “Ginza” and “Brazilian coffee” and literally means “to hang out” (have a coffee) with friends in Ginza. Although this café enjoys a classic and quiet atmosphere, it is the perfect place to make yourself at home and settle down with a warming cup of coffee. Come enjoy your weekend caffeine dose with a small slice of cake and you won’t be disappointed.
▼Cafe Paulista, Ginza Main Branch
Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday:8:30-21:30
Sundays and National Holidays: 11:30-20:00
No Fixed Holidays
Address: Nagasaki Center Bldg.1F, 8-9-16, Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo
Official Website: http://www.paulista.co.jp
centre the bakery
Tasting Set: ¥1,700
This café sells a shokupan set (sliced loaf set) which you can taste and compare. You can choose to eat in, however it is best to reserve in advance as it gets crowded quite quickly. This place is so popular that the queue for take out orders can stretch for an hour. Having said that, it is really worth the wait. You’re guaranteed to leave fully satisfied.
▼centre the bakery
Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00
No Fixed Holidays
Address: 1-2-1,Chuo Ward, Tokto
So, how about it?
If you’re stuck on where to go for food in the city, you can count on omao‘s Instagram to be there to help. However, you won’t be able to stop yourself from drooling – you have been warned.
Photos and Original Text by: omao
Food Review | Going On An Adventure With Maruko & Coji-Coji at Ginza’s MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFÉ
When I was a kid, I found myself relating to Maruko-chan a lot. I was bad at studying, I loved just kicking back and relaxing, was sly, was always spoiled by my mother. I’ve always thought I was just like Maruko. I spent my childhood together with her, reading Ribon magazine, reading manga, and watching anime. I love her so much that even to this day, when I’m at home on Sundays, I never fail to watch the show.
Then there was Coji-Coji, who has a mellow and laid-back outlook, whose lines are sharp and quick, and who, if you see him, is sure to get a surprised reaction out of you. I was raised reading Chibi Maruko-chan, meaning I was of course a fan of the author Momoko Sakura, so it was only natural that I loved Coji-Coji which she wrote too.
With that long introduction out of the way, it’s time for the main event. Combining the best of both worlds and my two favourites, the new MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFÉ opened at Ginza Marionette Gate 1 on January 31 and it’s set to run until July 31.
I form part of the editorial team here at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON, and loving Maruko-chan as much as I do, I of course had to make a trip to the cafe. I was joined by Chinese model and talent Etsuna.
Artwork from the Markuko-chan and Coji-Coji picture book Ehon Maru Koji. The pictures have a gentle touch to them and are enough to make you feel at ease at the first glance.
You feel warm and fluffy seeing the two of them getting along together like this.
There’s huge pieces of artwork too like this one Etsuna is standing next to.
The tables have these lunch mats on them. There’s two designs; one of Maruko and Coji-Coji walking across a field of grass and another with them swimming in the ocean amongst the fishes. Both are just too precious♡ I feel happy seeing the two of them having fun together. Boy, am I glad I came here.
The menu line-up is overflowing with originality too, each like its own little art piece. I ordered the baked cheesecake with a drink and Etsuna got the parfait drink.
Coji-Coji Is Here Cheesecake (w/Drink) – ¥1,380 (Before Tax)
The cheesecake is topped with Coji-Coji and Mount Fuji cookies. You can get a Maruko-chan cookie instead of Coji-Coji too, but I went for the Coji-Coji one. The cheesecake has a refreshing taste with cream that’s not overly sweet. And when you add the berry sauce, it becomes a completely different delicious flavour.
I ordered a hot black coffee as part of the set, and the mug it was serve in had an original design on it in line with the cafe’s theme. You can buy these mugs new there too.
Onigiri Aliens & The Star Festival Parfait – ¥1,700 (Before Tax)
This drink is inspired by the Milky Way of Tanabata. It’s topped with Maruko-chan, Coji-Coji, and alien cookies.
Etsuna was spellbound by its gorgeous purple colour too♡
The parfait and drink come in separate vessels、so I recommend enjoying them one at a time. After tucking into the subtly sweet fruits, vanilla ice cream, and cream of your parfait, feel even more refreshed with a sip of your cream cheese-filled drink.
The Three Of Us Get Along – ¥1,880 (Before Tax)
There are plenty of colourful options to choose from the menu, but the one that struck my attention the most was this tomato cream and pumpkin sauce mix which contains seafood.
You get an edible Maruko-chan and Coji-Coji on the side too with tears in their eyes… what a melancholic expression. I feel sad just looking at this one.
The character cookies aren’t just printed on – each and every one is hand drawn carefully. Which means the both of them have lots of different expressions! And they seem such a waste to eat (though of course I ate them all…)
If you want to see what else is on the menu, check out our other article here: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/ja/289822
Mug: ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
The cafe sells its own exclusive merchandise too, like the mug I got when my coffee and cake arrived.
Masking Tapes – ¥350 Each / Ballpoint Pens – ¥600 Each
B6 Notebooks – ¥280 Each
I picked up a notebook, pen and some masking tape. Perfect for when the cherry blossom season starts.
Hand Towel: ¥400 (Before Tax)
Etsuna got her hands on a hand towel. Everything they have in stock is cute, so I urge you to get lost in the wares of the MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFÉ if you visit! It’s possible to book a table in advance, but the weekends are particularly busy, so if you have a day in mind don’t forget to book.
The MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFÉ is packed full of Momoko Sakura’s world. It was a mix of fun, cute, sad, and relaxing.
When I’m looking at Chibi Maruko-chan, I think of Sakura, and my chest feels tight and painful. But coming to this cafe made me think that when I look at Maruko-chan and her radiating personality, not just in the world of anime but in various different places, I feel that even if I’ve become an adult, I can always live my life together with Maruko-chan and Momoko Sakura, and that makes me happy. If you love Maruko-chan, Coji-Coji, and Momoko Sakura too, then be sure to jump into the picture book world of Ehon Maru Koji at MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFÉ.
©️Momoko Sakura ©️Sakura Production
MARUKO & COJICOJI CAFE
Location: Sunday Brunch, Marronnier Gate Ginza 1 Floor 4F (2-2-14 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo)
Running: January 31, 2020 – July 31, 2020 (Subject to change)
Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00
Reservations/Official Website: http://www.marucoji-cafe.com